Get rid of ' This mailbox exceeded the maximum number of corrupted items...'error easily

Due to a number of advanced features included in Exchange Server 2010, various people are driving from the old version towards this new one. But in some of the cases, at the time of making an attempt to move mailboxes from exchange 2003 to 2010, you might face certain error messages that does not allow you to accomplish the task.

Lets consider a practical situation where a user of Exchange Server 2003 is trying to move his mailboxes from 2003 to 2007 but the following error message appears on the screen:

“This mailbox exceeded the maximum number of corrupted items that were specified for this move request.”

Along with this error message, the below event Id and description is encountered in the Application event log:

Log Name: Application
Source: MSExchange Mailbox Replication
Date: 10/22/2011 3:32:29 PM
Event ID: 1100
Task Category: Mailbox Move
Level: Error
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: CAS01.fabrikam.com
Description: Mailbox move for 'example.com/Users/test_user' (de278a9f-33eb-49f9-950a-070db3323715) has failed. Error code: -2147467259 “This mailbox exceeded the maximum number of corrupted items that were specified for this move request”

Cause:

The main reason behind the appearance of 'This mailbox exceeded the maximum number of corrupted items' is the presence of a number of corrupted items within user mailbox and this is the reason why you are unable to move mailbox from exchange 2003 to 2010.

Solution:

By default, the limit for storage of corrupt items in user's mailbox is 50 and once it crosses the limit, the above situation is encountered. So, to get rid of this situation you can try out the following steps to easily move exchange 2003 to 2007:

  1. You can increase the storage limit of corrupt objects to 100 or more as per your suitability
  2. Another option is to export the user mailbox to PST files
  3. With the help of MFCMAPI tool to know about the corruption level and try to fix them accordingly

Apart from these solutions, you can also opt for corrupted edb repair tool in order to repair corrupt mailboxes as well as restore them to a specified location for further access.